How does one depict the complexity of the mess being presented as the national roll out plan of electronic health records (EHR) via the national health information network (N-HIN) using Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) designed by Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs), with the help of regional extension centers (RECs) without Standards (Standards) and with N too many vendors?
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If this looks dumb, undo-able, unimplementable, uninteroperable–it’s because it is. your vision is fine.
Remember the idea behind all this is to get your health record from point A to point B, any point B. It’s that little word ‘any’ that turns the problem into a bit of a bugger.
Find yourself in the picture below, pic a dot, any dot (Point A). Now, find your doctor, any doctor (Point B). Now figure out how to get from A to B–it’s okay to use a pen on your monitor the help plot your course. That was difficult. Now do it for every patient and every doctor in the country.
Now, do you really think the national HIE-NHIN plan will work? It is complicated enough without adding all those HIEs each developed independently of one another each to their own standards. Why not simply use the same National Information Network (NIN) we already use–the Internet?
and that’s really the bottom line, isn’t it? We shall what happens in the near future!!
Thank you for reading and commenting Dr. Valenti. Many unwanted and unexpected surprises to come.
Good post – I share your concern about the “master plan”…
As always, thank you for allowing me to empty your brain to keep my facts and opinions in check.